My son's alarm goes off at 7:35. I can hear him get up, turn the alarm off and then...silence. I know he has gone back to bed. At 8 am, I tentatively go into his room and gently wake him up. He is cranky and angry and tells me that he feels like he didn't sleep at all. I do my best to be gentle with him and coax him into the day, even though I desperately wish I could send him back to bed for a few more hours.…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
We are still in the throws of back to school time here. As my son gets used to his new routine and slowly starts to face the return of his biggest fear (homework), I am starting to switch into my new routines as well: I can finally let go of my summertime fears that he will be bit by a snake or slip while running around the pool and replace them with the fears that he will get picked on at school or injure himself on the playground…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 13, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
It was 2:33 am.
I know the time, because I bothered to look as I made my way into my son's room to nurse him. I was a different kind of tired that I had never felt before - mommy exhausted. But when I changed my son and started feeding him, and we were cuddled up on our special rocking chair, I was…
I am tired. No, I'm not even going to try out that trick in which I tell myself that I am not tired and convince myself through the power of positive thinking.
This is why I am tired:…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 28, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments
My son knows a lot of things: He knows how to tell time (both analogue and digital), how our hemisphere is tilted closer to the sun in the summer, that he gets a break from school through most of June-August, and (of course) he knows how important sleep is.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 24, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments
A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of maintaining bedtime because I am obsessed with sleep. (But in reality, aren't most parents obsessed with sleep?) Then I was reminded that my amazing Mother reads my blog. She texted me to say it would be a good idea to extend my son's bedtime if he spends the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, I went to a conference with my Mom to learn more about blogging. (Once you are done reading this, you should check hers out, it is witty and funny and a good read.) We had a blast. We learned a lot (I have homework now), we talked a lot (I love knowing more about my Mom) and we listened to a lot of people talk about wellness (which was a little odd, considering it was a…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments
A lot of parents tell me their stories. Sometimes they are stories of a great parenting moment, but most of the time, they are self-ascribed parenting fails.
And I've wondered why so many of us are compelled to share those "bad" stories and make ourselves so vulnerable to others with our moments of…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments
Chronic anxiety can be debilitating. You may struggle to get through your daily life because of your anxiety. Fortunately, there are things that you can do in order to keep your anxiety under control.
Added by Rachael Murphey on June 27, 2017 at 12:46pm — No Comments
When I was little my parents let me choose one night a week to stay up an extra half-hour. I cannot tell you how crazy-special this was to me at the time, especially in the summer when I felt like the sun hadn't even gone down before I was already tucked in. Normally, I chose Friday nights, because we would watch must-see-tv together as a family and I would be able to sleep in on Saturday morning.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments
Last weekend, my son went to swim lessons. It had been three weeks since he had been, and on the car ride home he happily talked all about them. "It's good to get back to the routine of them," he said.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments
I'm going to tell you a secret:
I've mentioned before that I am a morning person, and it is true: I am usually at my best in the morning. My alarm goes off, I get out of bed and my brain starts buzzing about the day I am going to have.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments
Inexplicably, my son wakes up early on the weekends. I don't know how he does this. I know why he does it, as he proudly tells me that he gets himself up early so he can have "the most amount of fun on his days off as possible." But this still doesn't explain how he will not move a muscle when his alarm goes off on school mornings yet wake himself up a good half-hour earlier than his alarm on weekends.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 20, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments
When my son was a baby, the smoke alarm went off in our home. It was the same ear-piercing alarm that most smoke alarms make, but oddly, he slept right through it. He didn't even flinch. And, he was still sleeping when the firefighters arrived a few minutes later to give us the all clear that the monoxide alarm was malfunctioning.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 10, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments
Before I go to bed, I check in on my sleeping son. I love to watch him sleep - he is so still and peaceful and quiet. I often wonder what he is dreaming about as he lays there so still, usually with an arm wrapped around a stuffed animal friend.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments
My little bear hears his alarm, turns it off and shuffles out of his bedroom to my desk where I write this blog. He scrambles into my lap, we snuggle and I ask him some basic questions to determine his morning mood.
(Bad mood days are generally turned around by showing my son pictures of cute baby animals or…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments
During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments
When we brought our son home from the hospital, we made a point of making sure he slept in his own crib in his own room every night. We knew that we didn't want him to sleep in our bedroom, as we reasoned that it would be harder to move him to his own room later on: We weren't worried about him becoming too attached to us, rather we were worried about us becoming too attached to him.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 1, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments
On the days I do not run, I have back pain. On the days I do run, I sometimes have back pain, but it seems like it is not as bad. My sweet husband helps rub my sore muscles for me, just as I rub his back when he needs it. He generally has tension in his lower back; mine is at the top.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 12, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again.
When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments